Frank Prisinzano’s inspiration to build Frank Restaurant came largely because he realized there was a huge gap in the restaurant community – between ego-driven pricey restaurants and cheap fast food dumps. He conceived a restaurant using his wealth of professional experience but based on his family’s time-honored traditions.
In June of 1998, Frank Restaurant opened with just 29 seats and a menu of classic Italian pastas and Frank’s own family recipes. Within the first month, the restaurant was a huge success – with 2 hour waits for a table and exemplary reviews in many New York City publications.
Five months later, the first wine cellar was installed and our now infamous wine list began to grow. To the relief of our customers, Vera Bar opened in March of 2000, adding a massive wood table that seats up to 20 people, a custom designed marble bar, and an outdoor patio – reducing wait time significantly. After 10 years, our wine list boasts over 750 Italian wine labels. We believe that complicated wine is best enjoyed and understood when paired with simple food. So, come enjoy one of Italy’s most spectacular wines with a simple bowl of spaghetti!